Visible Evidence XXVI 24 – 28 July 2019

Visible Evidence, the international conference on documentary film and media, will convene for its 26th year at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California July 24-28, 2019.

28 July 11 – 12:45 SCA 204 in the session The Ethics and Politics of New Documentary Technologies Professor Rughani presents a paper: Testing Documentary Ethics in Research and Making:  An Online Tool for Learning and Teaching.

One World Media Awards 2019

One World Media’s mission is to support strong, vibrant and independent media coverage on developing countries that empowers citizens, promotes justice and creates social impact.

Dr Rughani is one of this year’s judges for the Television Documentary Award category for a factual journalistic programme broadcast on television or online, either standalone or one episode from a series, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the developing world.

Finalists announced at the end of April, Awards Ceremony 17 June.

The One World Media Awards span 15 categories, celebrating work from all media platforms and across a wide range of genres.

UAL Research Fortnight 2019 Launch Event Monday 4 March 2019 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Rootstein Hopkins Space (East)
20 John Princes St W1G 0BJ

Monday 4 March 2019 6.30pm – 8.30pm

The UAL Creative Actions and Environment Displacement research group; Professor Lucy OrtaDavid CrossHannah Entwisle Chapuisat, and Professor Oriana Baddeley will form a panel and Q&A session following Professor Kaelin’s Keynote, Chaired by Dr Pratap Rughani, Associate Dean of Research London College of Communication.



Ethics for Making: a space for students, teachers and makers to explore ethics in creative arts practice

Watch this short introduction to the test website Ethics for Making, in development to help with your ethical decision-making in research, and in your practice. It uses the example of a documentary film Justine, but the ethical concerns discussed are applicable across all sectors of practice.


Education in Progress exhibition 4 – 21 March 19 UAL Research Fortnight

Ethics of Making, an online space for students, teachers and makers to explore ethics in creative arts practice developed by Dr Rughani, was featured in the Education in Progress exhibition in the Lower Street Gallery at London College of Communication, as part of UAL Research Fortnight in March.

Education in Progress


LCC Research Fortnight: Holocaust Research and Creative Practice 11 Mar 2019

Dr Pratap Rughani, Associate Dean of Research, LCC, will chair this panel discussion, part of Research Fortnight.
Panel members will give a brief presentation on their own research and practice and its connections with the Holocaust.

Monday 11 March 2019 6 – 8pm
Lecture Theatre C
London College of Communication
Free and open to all, but please book on Eventbrite.

As researchers, writers and creative practitioners why do we choose to make work in the aftermath of atrocity? Is there a potential for the creative process and its artefacts to enable human connection when it is all but lost or destroyed? How do we engage with the issue of ethics in researching, writing and making post-atrocity artefacts from the remnants of dark periods in history?

LSFF Industry Panel 14:00 Thu 17 Jan 2019

Dr Pratap Rughani participated in an industry  panel at the 16ᵗʰLondon Short Film Festival 11 – 20th January 2019:

Who goes where? The Ethics of Representation in documentary

“We look into the ethics of representation and ethics of production in documentary as an inextricable cycle, addressing documentary’s legacy of ethnography and its distillation into modern documentary practice. Our panellists will address the thin line between ‘subject’ and ‘object’; who is looking at who from both behind and in front of the camera and what might constitute a meaningful dialogue between the two.”

14:00 Thu 17 Jan 2019 at The Horse Hospital  followed by networking.

Book tickets here.

Fastnet Film Festival 2018 Seminar

At the 10th edition of the Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland, the seminar ‘Films to Change the World’ will focus on Human Rights, with Dr Emma Sandon, Senior Lecturer in Film and TV, at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School, and Dr Pratāp Rughani, Director, Lotus Films & Head of Research at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.

i-Docs 2018, Bristol workshop

i-Docs 2018 is a three-day event dedicated to the expanding and evolving field of interactive documentary, hosted by the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). The fifth edition of i-Docs is convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and produced by Julia Scott-Stevenson.
i-Docs 2018 will be held at the Watershed in Bristol’s Harbourside on Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd March 2018.

Dr Pratap Rughani holds a workshop Map my Ethics! on the development of an online ethics tool for makers.

Photographer Mark Lawrence